“Pronounced” by Caitlyn Minelli

Winner of the Joanne Harrison Hopkins Literary Achievement Award 2015    Mavis slammed her head against the steering wheel of her black VW bug. “I so don’t want to go in there,” she groaned. When she pulled into the long gravel drive of her family’s mansion she immediately wanted to turn around. Ashby Hall wasContinue reading ““Pronounced” by Caitlyn Minelli”

“Accidental Wounds” by Nicole Zuleger

   Wound healing is a dynamic process. For the healing process to begin, there first has to be a wound. Purposeful and accidental wounds must be treated differently. A purposeful wound, like a surgical incision or the random girl in the library calling me a bitch for being upset that she sexted my boyfriend, doContinue reading ““Accidental Wounds” by Nicole Zuleger”

“Stolen Kisses” by Darah Wolf

1. Michael    We sat in the corner of the sandbox, hidden by the shadow of the tall red brick walls that stood behind us. The Florida sun beat down on our foreheads as we laid our heads on a black garbage bag full of sandbox toys, our backs on the dirty white sand.   Continue reading ““Stolen Kisses” by Darah Wolf”

“A Never Ending Dream” by Caroline Wilson

   Waking in the midst of an endless whimsical reverie wasn’t at all as refreshing as it may have been, knowing today was the day where sorrow lingered, because a dear friend and angel has moved away. This dear friend of mine’s name is Rosie Magee, and like the famous Dutch and German comedian KristenContinue reading ““A Never Ending Dream” by Caroline Wilson”

“The Woods” by Samantha Schlegel

   The sky was clear, the moon lighting the only path that twisted through the trees. The crickets were chirping while an owl hooted in the distance. The wind blew, whistling its way through the trees, sharp and cold. I pulled my jacket closer around me, silently cursing my friend who led the way inContinue reading ““The Woods” by Samantha Schlegel”

“Fate’s Design” by Christie Munson

   Casey Pierce walks through the cereal aisle in a grocery store. Selecting a box of Raisin Bran, she turns and notices a child sitting in the front seat of a shopping cart. He’s licking a red lollipop that is almost the size of his face, while tugging on his mother’s sleeve to try andContinue reading ““Fate’s Design” by Christie Munson”

“Changes” by Meagan Miller

   Moonlight gleamed upon the snow engulfed forest. The trees seemed to throb with tension as though fearfully awaiting a fiery explosion that would incinerate them in its path. Dark rumors circulated among this part of the woods, rumors of a shadowy figure, half animal, half monster, with eyes that shone eerily through the darkness.Continue reading ““Changes” by Meagan Miller”

“Red” by Kimberly Maske-Mertz

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:3    All I see is red.    As I gaze out the window at the alien landscape, my heart races as memories flash in quick succession—myContinue reading ““Red” by Kimberly Maske-Mertz”

“Innocent” by Lauren Hampton

   My head rested against the cool metal of the locker. With a loud sigh, I grumbled under my breath about not wanting to take my damn chemistry exam today. I had been up all night studying, but somehow, I felt less prepared than I had yesterday. Slowly, I took a step back from theContinue reading ““Innocent” by Lauren Hampton”

“Coco” by Jamie Burnett

   Right before I was supposed to start second grade, me, my Mommy, and my Daddy had to move to a new house because of Daddy’s work. I was so nervous because I have never been too good at making new friends. At my old school I didn’t have any friends, except for Coco, ofContinue reading ““Coco” by Jamie Burnett”